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Why is Kyrie Irving not playing? Latest updates as Nets star keeps missing games

Kyrie Irving’s 2020-21 marketing campaign began with a bang. The Nets guard scored an environment friendly 26 factors in a season-opening win in opposition to the Warriors, then adopted that up with 37 factors in a Christmas Day victory in opposition to the Celtics.

The 28-year-old is averaging 27.1 factors, 6.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds per sport whereas capturing 50.4 % from the sphere and 42.6 % from 3-point vary. The issue? He has solely performed seven video games whereas his group has performed 11.

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Irving has not been a part of Brooklyn’s lineup since collaborating in a Jan. 5 contest in opposition to the Jazz. There have been rumors and hypothesis surrounding Irving just lately, however little in the way in which of concrete info.

So what is going on on with Irving? This is what we all know (and do not know) about his mysterious absence.

Why is Kyrie Irving not taking part in?

The Nets proceed to checklist Irving as out for “personal reasons.”

Multiple reports have claimed Irving is sitting out as a result of he was upset after pro-Donald Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Irving and the Nets haven’t commented on these stories.

Brooklyn coach Steve Nash has spoken to Irving, however he has constantly stated he doesn’t wish to share particulars about his conversations with the six-time All-Star.

“Ky’s nonetheless on private depart, and all of the communication with Ky between the group, I will maintain personal,” Nash said on Jan. 10 earlier than a sport between the Nets and Thunder. “I am positive you will hear from him sooner or later.”

Kevin Durant, who joined the Nets throughout 2019 free company together with Irving, additionally declined to get into specifics.

“I will not discuss Kyrie. I am going to let him try this for himself,” Durant stated after the Nets-Thunder sport. “I am positive you guys will see him quickly, each time he comes again, and we help him 100% and pray for the perfect.”

What number of video games has Kyrie Irving missed?

To this point, Irving has sat out three video games and is anticipated to overlook a couple of extra.

  • Jan. 7 vs. 76ers
  • Jan. 8 vs. Grizzlies
  • Jan. 10 vs. Thunder

Irving missed a Dec. 28 contest in opposition to Memphis, however that was not associated to “private causes.” Each Durant (Achilles) and Irving (shoulder) had been listed as out for “injury recovery.”

When will Kyrie Irving return to the Nets?

It’s unclear when Irving might be again in motion not solely as a result of he hasn’t given a proof for his absence, but in addition as a result of he might have breached the NBA’s well being and security protocols.

The league is conducting an investigation into a video of a maskless Irving celebrating at what seems to be a household celebration, in keeping with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews. If the video is confirmed to be latest, Irving might must quarantine in accordance with the NBA’s COVID-19 tips.

Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks addressed the video on Jan. 12 with the following statement:

“We’re conscious of a video on social media that includes Kyrie Irving at a household gathering. We’re reviewing the circumstances with each Kyrie and the NBA with a purpose to decide compliance with well being and security protocols. Kyrie stays away from the group attributable to private causes. A date of his return has but to be finalized. Within the meantime, we’ll proceed to remain centered on our organizational objectives. Kyrie can have the chance to deal with his absence when he’s prepared to take action.”

Moreover, Wojnarowski and Andrews reported that there’s “no perception” Irving will return for Nets video games performed the week of Jan. 10. That may imply he’ll miss upcoming matchups with the Nuggets (Jan. 12), Knicks (Jan. 13) and Magic (Jan. 16).

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